Researchers & Developers

Pamela Rigg

Dr. Pamela Zell Rigg received her AMS Early Childhood Teacher Credential in 1967 and subsequently earned her AMS Elementary and Infant and Toddler credentials. Dr. Rigg’s degrees include a BA In English Literature and an MA  in Early Childhood Education from New York University. Additionally, she has an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona. Her Ph.D. is in Education in Math, Science and Technology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Rigg has been researching and creating Montessori materials for MRD for the past 34 years.  She has authored over 50 Montessori curriculum manuals and supporting curriculum materials in Infant and Toddler, Early Childhood and Elementary Levels I and II.  Some of these manuals have been translated into Spanish and Mandarin for use overseas.  Dr. Rigg is a past board member of the American Montessori Society.  Currently, Dr. Rigg serves as Executive Director of the Montessori Council of California (MCC), bringing public policy issues effecting Montessori schools and teachers to the attention of California state governmental agencies and the legislature and as Vice President of the International Association of Montessori Educators (IAME). Dr. Rigg works closely with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) in providing professional development for teacher trainers. Dr. Rigg recently organized  "Brain Research and Montessori Education" with Dr. Stephen Hughes, and "Cosmic Education, Biogeochemical Cycles and the Montessori Garden."  She continues to develop materials for MRD such as our recent "The Money Curriculum."

Linda Aaquist

Linda Aaquist holds a B.S. and AMS Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II Teacher Credential. She has taught in Montessori classrooms for over 30 years and brings her passion and expertise in science to the Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Functional Geography, Physics and Zoology.  Ms. Aaquist spends her summers training Montessori teachers at Princeton Center for Teacher Education in New Jersey and Montessori Teacher Education Center in California, Florida and Taiwan.

Judy Bauerlein

Judy Bauerlein holds an M.Ed. and AMS Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II Teacher Credential.  In 2010 the American Montessori Society (AMS) honored her with the title of Living Legacy, recognizing the valuable leadership role she has had in the Montessori community, not just in the United States, but internationally.  Ms Bauerlein taps her decades of experience as a Montessori teacher to author articles published in Montessori Life, M: Montessori and other leading Montessori magazines.  Her Elementary Language Arts V Manual that covers grammar is second to none!  Additionally, she has received numerous grants for Montessori related research and has served as American Montessori Society board member and President.  Additionally, she spends her summers training Montessori teachers for Princeton Center Teacher Education in New Jersey and Montessori Teacher Education Center in California, Florida and Taiwan. 

Virginia Fleege

Dr. Virginia Fleege founded the Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, Dr. Urban Fleege, in 1965.  Dr. Fleege is a seminal figure in the US Montessori community and has taught thousands of teachers and children.  Her Early Childhood Geography & History Manual has been the foundation for thousands and thousands (!) of lessons in Montessori classrooms.

Virginia Varga

Virginia Varga, Ph.D. is founder and former Director of Gloria Dei Montessori School in Dayton, OH. Ginny is an internationally known Infant and Toddler specialist. She began the first Montessori Toddler Class in the U.S. in 1966. A member of the school consultation team of AMS since 1966, she served on the American Montessori Society (AMS) National Board of Directors from 1964-1972. She has a B.S. in education (University of Dayton), AMS/AMI Primary credentials (Greenwich) and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential. Ginny was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1999, she received an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.  In 1994 Dr. Virginia Varga received the AMS Living Legacy award.

Jane Wechlser

Jane Wechlser holds an M.A. and an AMS Early Childhood, Elementary I and Elementary II Teacher Credential. She founded The Montessori Family Schools in the Berkeley, CA area ( Jane brings over 25 years experience as a teacher, teacher trainer and consultant.